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PA's PR 14th May 2015

PA's PR 14th May 2015



PA Accessible Publishing Briefing Session
On 28th April The Accessibility Action Group, convened by The Publishers Association, held an accessibility briefing seminar for senior managers at Montague St. This sell-out session provided delegates with a dynamic, high level snapshot of accessible publishing together with some practical ideas for in-house implementation. Mark Bide, Chairman of The Publishers Licensing Society and Accessibility Consultant to the International Publishers Association, chaired the meeting which covered:

  • Today’s legal requirements (speaker Florian Koempel, PA Copyright Consultant)
  • How to go about implementing an accessibility strategy in-house (Professor Jonathan Hassell, Hassell Inclusion)
  • The Accessible Books Consortium Publishing Forum (Jim Russell, ABC)
  • The Load2learn Project (Tracy Pearson, RNIB)
  • The National Skillset (Alistair McNaught, Jisc)
  • A technical overview of accessible publishing requirement (Alex Ingram, EDItEUR), and
  • Case studies from Sage and HarperCollins (Huw Alexander, Sage, and Ronu Miah, HarperCollins)

Please click through to the PA website for slides from the day.

The AAG works together to ensure a focus on accessibility from all elements of the supply chain and was delighted to welcome such an enthusiastic audience to this briefing. All enquiries regarding the work of the AAG and how to access further information on inclusive publishing should be directed to 
New PA Figures Show Digital innovation Driving Publisher Revenues 
The latest figures published by the PA last week indicate that the UK publishing industry is maintaining its strength, diversity and innovation. Overall book and academic journal sales remain steady at £4.3 billion with digital revenues growing up to 35% of the overall total. Export sales now account for 44% of revenue. Digital strength is also being seen across other areas of publishing and 2014 saw significant increases in digital sales in:-
-Children’s Books (Up 36%) – with the sector up 11% overall
-Academic textbooks (Up 13%) now at 24% of sector sales
-Audiobook downloads (up 24%)
-Educational materials for schools (up 20%).
PA Statistics Yearbook 2014 is Now Available
The PA has released its PA statistics yearbook 2014 and members are able to access the yearbook through thewebsite. This year’s edition includes a split of digital books into home and export sales sector. Members will need to login using their company username and password. Non-members can purchase a complete copy of the yearbook in print or PDF; or individual sections in PDF format only from the PA Bookshop.
Digital Single Market Already a Reality for Publishing
In response to the EU Commission’s eagerly anticipated White Paper (published 6th May) the PA’s Chief Executive, Richard Mollet, commented: “The digital single market is a reality for publishing and today’s White Paper from the Commission includes some sensible proposals for extending this.” The full comment is available on the PA website.


Ebooks 2015
Ebooks 2015:  etextbooks, elearning, econtent, a day-long conference held at UCL, outlined the continued interplay between print and digital as etextbooks are increasingly viewed as part of the mainstream.  Professor Jeff Haywood, Vice-Principle Digital Education, University of Edinburgh explored what digital is now, and the difficulties it brings to the teacher and especially the library as well as the excitement.  Yaz El Hakim, academic technologist for Instructure, looked at how students can be encouraged to generate knowledge themselves; Roger Tritton of Jisc Collections gave an update on their project on the institution as textbook publisher.  Jisc senior advisor Alistair McNaught gave an idea of the ‘truck of a problem’ coming towards HEIs in the wake of change to the disabled student allowance, and how publishers can help.  Case studies from Liverpool University and the US looked at the librarian as publisher, and representatives form Proquest and Kortext spoke on partnership developments and widening access to digital textbooks respectively.  A more extensive write-up will be with readers of The PA’s academic and professional newsletter APD Brief shortly.
AAG Accessibility Toolbox Presentations
Presentations and a short write-up from the Accessibility Action Group’s Accessibility Toolbox session at London Book Fair are now up on the PA website.
Supporting Canadians with Disabilities
Canada will become one of the first G7 countries to implement the Marrakesh Treaty, breaking down barriers for Canadians with disabilities. Canada has one of the top literacy rates in the developed world, but for some Canadians, this privilege also comes with certain limitations. Today, nearly 1 million Canadians live with a print disability such as blindness or partial sight, and some Canadians have mobility issues that prevent them from turning a page or pointing a cursor. Industry Minister James Moore, joined by representatives from the CNIB (Canadian National Institute for the Blind) and the World Blind Union, announced that the Government of Canada will introduce new measures that expand access to materials in formats vital to those living with a print disability. Canada will join the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired, or Otherwise Print Disabled. These changes will help schools, libraries and charitable organizations that work with the visually impaired to reduce their costs.
CCBF Scholarship Programme
In preparation for its third edition, CCBF is pleased to invite you to apply for CCBF’s fellowship exchange programme –Shanghai Visiting International Publishers project (Shanghai VIP) – which will take place in Shanghai from 10 to 14 November 2015.Based on the conviction that mutual knowledge is the key to fruitful business and productive cultural exchange, Shanghai VIP is a five-day fellowship programme that offers a small group of children’s book specialists the opportunity to gain detailed insight into China’s publishing landscape and visit CCBF 2015 from an exclusive perspective.  Applications are open to; publishers, editors, foreign rights people, literary agents and other specialists in children’s literature with a strong interest in the Chinese market. A special consideration is given to publishers and editors’ applications but we like diversity in the group, so don’t hesitate to give it a try!
To apply for the Shanghai VIP programme, go to CCBF’s official website to download the Shanghai VIP application form and return it to the following email address:  (together with your CV, a picture of yourself and a logo of your company).
The application period is open from 20 April to 30 June 2015.
Publishers’ Invitation: Call for Free Entries for The People’s Book Prize 2015
Publishers are invited to submit their Free Entries for The People’s Book Prize Summer 2015/16 collection which starts TPBP 7th year on 1 June 2015. Voting for the current Spring collection continues till 14th May 2015.   Finalists are voted for from 15th – 27th May to determine the Winners.  (Voting procedure:  Votes are carried forward and those who voted before can re-vote for that book from the new specially designed finalists’ pages on the website) The Winners of The People’s Book Prize 2014/15 are announced at TPBP 6th Awards Ceremony on 27th May  2015 at Stationers’ Hall.  The black-tie ceremony will be broadcast ‘live’ by SKY NEWS. The People’s Book Prize was established to discover writers' talent voted by the public, raise the profile of libraries and celebrate reading.
If you have any queries regarding the prize, please contact Prize Administrator Tatiana Wilson (
Wellcome Open Access Images 
Wellcome Images is one of the world's richest and most unique collections, with themes ranging from medical and social history to contemporary healthcare and biomedical science. This breadth of beautiful imagery is available digitally on the website. Open access images are generally denoted by the letter prefix L,M & V.Images within categories L, M & V all fall under the creative commons licence and so all of the many 1000’s of beautiful images within these subject areas may be used free of charge by anyone – both commercially and academically. The images can be taken at high resolution directly from the website and credit to the Wellcome Library is required as part of the conditions of use in this way. 

PLSclear: Making Permissions Straightforward 
PLSclear is a web-based tool, developed by the Publishers Licensing Society, which streamlines and simplifies the permissions process.  The system enables individuals who want to make or receive permissions quick and easy, by using a three stage process:-
Stage 1: The user can search and identify the current right holder from an extensive database.
Stage 2: The user completes a form on intended re-use developed by leading rights specialists.
Stage 3: A request is sent via PLSclear to the correct contact so the terms of use can be agreed.

PLSclear helps those who manage permissions to optimise their workload and maintain accurate records. It also enables publishers to increase profitability by monetising this valuable secondary revenue stream.  To find out more about how PLSclear can help you - visit the websiteTel:02070795930;
Creative Skillset Bursaries
Through the Diversity Fund (England), Creative Skillset are offering bursaries of up to £1200 (or £1600 if you have a disability) towards the cost of training. Employees and freelancers living in England who belong to groups under-represented in some way - women, Black Asian and non-white Minority Ethnic, and people with disabilities - in a range of creative industries can apply, and you choose the training you need. The Fund exists to encourage progression – so you must have a minimum of one year’s experience or have had some paid, professional work as a freelancer to apply.  You will need to pay the first 20% of your total costs, but will give you a grant for the remaining 80% - this can include help towards travel and childcare for everyone, and accommodation for disabled applicants. All guidelines and online application forms for individuals can be found here. Small companies of under 30 employees can also apply for help towards training eligible employees, and should make contact via the For more news, updates and opportunities follow @SkillsetSSC on Twitter and join Hiive.
The Helen Fraser Publishing Fellowship
Penguin Random House, the world’s largest publishing company is delighted to offer its diversity traineeship for 2015. The Fellowship was set up to honour the work that Helen Fraser, former MD of Penguin Books, did to address diversity within publishing. It aims to identify, encourage and train editorial talent within Britain’s ethnic minority communities with the aim of setting someone up for success for a long-term career in publishing.  The Fellowship will start on 1st September and is a 6-month paid editorial traineeship with Hamish Hamilton, one of Penguin Random House’s literary imprints, home to world-renowned and prestigious authors such as Zadie Smith, Jonathan Safran Foer and Dave Eggers. For more information please visit the website. The application deadline is June 1st at 11pm.
Pearson and the Financial Times Policy Breakfast - Post Election Special, 11 May 2015 
There was standing room only at Pearson’s latest policy breakfast with speakers Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA),  John McDermott, FT columnist and former no. 10 policy advisor, Jonathan Simons, Head of Education at the Policy Exchange, Steve Besley, Head of UK Education Policy at Pearson and Laura McInerney, former Teach First teacher and now editor ofSchools Week and a Guardian columnist.  Key issues that the new Conservative government faces were identified as the lack of pupil places, especially coupled with the declining supply of teachers; reconciliation of the spending cuts with education’s need to deliver; a lack of skills training for young people; and assessment/accountability (life after levels is still felt to be unclear.)  Overall no major government papers or new vision are expected.  Taylor called the education content of the Conservative’s manifesto ‘lightweight and deeply incoherent’. 
Opportunities in Colombia
Bilingual Tech Materials and Training for Teachers 
The Ministry of Education of Colombia has recently opened a process for the acquisition of bilingual technological material, and the corresponding training for teachers. This, as a way to support and develop better teaching practices and the use of new technologies in the school classrooms. The contracting process is expected to be opened on Friday 15 May 2015 and will close on Friday 29 May 2015. For more information about this opportunity, contact our team in Colombia by registering your interest on the website.
Design an English Test and Assessment Evaluations
The Ministry of Education is about to open a public contracting process for the design of the English component of an official standardised test (called Saber 9°), and the implementation of assessment evaluations for public teachers. For more information about this opportunity, contact our team in Colombia by registering your interest on thewebsite

Workforce development 
Selling Rights Short Course, 4th – 5th June
This new two-day course is aimed at staff handling rights for literary agencies and publishing houses. It will cover the rationale for selling rights as well as the practicalities – checking control of the rights and maintaining an accurate database of submissions and sales, as well as key activities such as researching particular markets, identifying potential licensees and building personal contacts at book fairs and on sales trips.
The course will address a range of different rights categories, from English language deals in the UK and abroad, translation rights, serial rights to newspapers and magazines as well as non-print rights such as radio and audio rights, film and television rights and merchandising. It will cover the rationale for co-edition versus licence deals, and offer practical advice on how to achieve the best deal and finalise appropriate licence contracts. The final session will cover electronic publishing and will aim to distinguish between arrangements which are sales channels to market, and those which are true electronic licensing deals. For more information please visit the website.
£399 including lunches and refreshments
Please contact Ian Evans for booking: , attaching a completed application form. (The schedule for both days will be available shortly).
Talent Bank – Internships, Part-Time and Graduate Opportunities
Talent Bank is a targeted shortlisting service to help you source good quality UCL candidates efficiently.  This service is particularly designed for SMEs and not for ongoing recruitment for larger organisations - click here for more information. The Talent Bank will market your opportunity to relevant current UCL students, postgraduate researchers and UCL Gradclub members, making clear your selection criteria and will then match candidate applications to your role and send you a shortlist of applicants.
Currently, UCL is particularly interested in hearing from you if you have vacancies for postgraduate research students. They would like to identify opportunities for students from the following sectors: Management Consultancy, Marketing, Media, Arts, NGOs and Policy
To get in touch about this service please email



IDPF Digital book 2015 Returns to Book Expo America NYC, 27th – 28th May
Register today for the industry’s most critical digital conference – IDPF Digital Book 15.  Registration includes complete access to IDPF’s Digital Book conference, BookExpo America and BISG’s Making Information Pay. Seating is limited and early bird rates expire May 8 so do not delay. Book your seat today at This event will sell out! At Digital Book 2015 you will discover how to better connect with your readers in today’s digital age. Book your seat today at

ALPSP Personalised Learning and Publishing Partnerships, 16th June
The ALPSP June seminar promises to provide food for thought for anyone involved in publishing in the higher education sector.  Have course materials kept pace with student needs?  What opportunities are there for publishers, academics and libraries to create bespoke textbooks and learning materials in partnership?  These issues and more will be looked at in depth during this full day seminar, which aims to find a way forward to meet the needs of the today’s student. The seminar will run from 09:45 – 16:00 at the British Dental Association. To see full details of the programme please visit the ALPSP website.  To book tickets for the seminar, please click here.
Early Bird Discount: OPG Summer Conference, 23rd June 
The early bird discount for the OPG Summer Conference 'Creating Value in an Age of Disruption' finishes on 31st May, so do get your bookings in quickly.  The conference is on 23rd June at St Catherine's College, Oxford and includes a sit-down lunch, refreshments and a wine reception at the end of the day sponsored by OUP and Taylor & Francis.  Keynote speakers: Philip Pullman, Charlie Redmayne, James Daunt and Eric Huang.  Breakout sessions with Anthony Cond, David Barker, Emma Barnes, Michael Baskhar, Eric Huang and Ashley Lodge, and a roundtable discussion with Nigel Portwood, Rebecca Smart and Charlie Redmayne.  For more information on how to book, please click here

International Publishing Summer School 2015, 6th – 17th July
This two-week, residential International Publishing Summer School will take place from 6th-17th July 2015 at Oxford Brookes University. The programme is designed for those with experience in the industry from trade, academic, educational and professional backgrounds. You are likely to be a go-ahead entrepreneur within a small or large publishing company, eager to find out about the latest developments and thinking across the industry and keen to develop your strategic and decision-making skills. To register your interest please email Sue Miller and to book a place please visit the website
Great Week: The World in One Place, 7th – 11th September
The Grown in Britain Great Week will be taking place in Milan from 7th – 11th September 2015. The event, which coincides with the World Expo, is a trade mission from the UK for the creative industries sector. The week’s tailored business programme provides the tools and knowledge for businesses to seize opportunities for expansion overseas. Activities include a one-day thought leadership conference, a VIP networking reception, market briefings, one-to-one buyer meetings and a one day visit to the Expo 2015 and the UK Pavilion. The event is open to companies in the creative industries and education sectors whose product or service focuses on children/young people, event management and production companies, designers and architects in the supply chain of major world events.
Participation fee: £336 (+VAT)
To find out more, visit the website; email: or call:
+44 (0) 207 034 3266

SAVE THE DATE: The Booksellers Association Conference and Gardners Tradeshow 2015
Sunday 20th – Monday 21st September, Warwick University: The Conference programme and registration details will be published soon. For more information including sponsorship opportunities at the BA Conference and visit the website.

Guadalajara International Book Fair, 28th November – 6th December 2015
The UK will be Guest of Honour at this year’s Guadalajara International Book Fair, as part of the 2015 UK/Mexico Year of Culture. This huge project is being overseen by the British Council in partnership with The Publishers Association and UK Trade & Investment. The centrepiece of the book fair will be a 1,705 sqm two story UK pavilion which will include a publishers’ exhibition/meeting area, a bookshop and an auditorium, and will invite visitors to “Discover the UK”.  Thirty authors will take part in the literary, Fil Niños and academic programmes and on each of the nine nights, Fil Forum outside the hall, will host a different performance; from indie popular to classical music, theatre and dance.  In and around Guadalajara there will be two contemporary visual arts exhibitions and a festival of recent UK films.  For more information about the stand and how to apply for UKTI funding for this fair, please clickhere

UKSG webinar - Getting the Rights Right - or When Policies Collide! 
This free webinar will be held on Tuesday 19 May 2015 from 1400 BST for 45-60 minutes depending on Q&A.  The speaker will be Bill Hubbard, Director of the Centre for Research Communications, University of Nottingham. He will explore how to find a way through the forest of requirements, options, exemptions, variations and special cases that institutions and individuals have to handle with Open Access policies, looking at the policy environment from institutions, funders, the REF, and publishers’ points of view.  The session will look at why we comply, how we comply and what happens when policies collide; and participants will be asked to contribute their own thoughts, needs and solutions.  Finally, the webinar will suggest a strategy to frame institutional response overall and offer suggestions through this for getting institutional action. For more information and to register, please visit - if you can’t join the live event then do register anyway, as you’ll receive a recording. 



BookExpo America                                                                    27th – 29th May 2015
Beijing International Book Fair                                               26th – 30th Aug 2015
Frankfurt Book Fair                                                                   14th – 18th Oct 2015
China Shanghai International Children’s Book Fair             13th – 15th Nov 2015
Guadalaraja International Book Fair                                      28th Nov– 6th Dec 2015

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